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Parental Separation and Well-Being of Youths

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  • Winkelmann, Rainer

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    (University of Zurich)

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This paper uses recent data for Germany and a new outcome variable to assess the consequences of parental separation on the well-being of youths. In particular, it is considered how subjective well-being, elicited from an ordinal 11-point general life satisfaction question, differs between youths living in intact and non-intact families, holding many other potential determinants of well-being constant using ordered probit regressions. The main finding of this study is that living in a non-intact family has not the hypothesised large negative effect on child well-being.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 894.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Socio-Economics, 2006, 35 (2), 197-208
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp894

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Keywords: German Socio-Economic Panel; child welfare; educational attainment; happiness;

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  1. Clark, Andrew E & Georgellis, Yannis & Sanfey, Peter, 2001. "Scarring: The Psychological Impact of Past Unemployment," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 68(270), pages 221-41, May.
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  5. Robert Haveman & Barbara Wolfe, 1995. "The Determinants of Children's Attainments: A Review of Methods and Findings," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 33(4), pages 1829-1878, December.
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  1. Anders Bj�Rklund & Marianne Sundstr�M, 2006. "Parental Separation and Children's Educational Attainment: A Siblings Analysis on Swedish Register Data," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 73(292), pages 605-624, November.
  2. Björklund, Anders & Ginther, Donna K. & Sundström, Marianne, 2004. "Family Structure and Child Outcomes in the United States and Sweden," IZA Discussion Papers 1259, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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